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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 238-241

Male health clinic strategy in control of STI/HIV: A program review

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, G.S.L. Medical College, Rajahmundry, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine,Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College, Pune, India
4 Professor, Department of Community Medicine,Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
Karun Dev Sharma
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, G.S.L. Medical College, NH 5, Lakshmipuram, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh - 533 296
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.104265

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A community-based, longitudinal interventional study was conducted in a slum in north-east (NE) Mumbai, using a pretested, semi-structured proforma and a pre- and follow-up interview schedule to assess the male health clinic (MHC) strategy as an approach for the control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in males. The focus groups that emerged for behavior change communication (BCC) activities were clients in second and third decades of life, unmarried and married but not staying with wife, clients with no permanent place of occupation, clients with habit of alcohol, and illiterate clients. Postintervention, there was an overall increase in STI knowledge score, alcohol habit score, and high-risk sexual activity score. Less than 50% of the clients received advice on substance abuse and information on consequences of STI/human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The study concluded that MHC strategy is an effective approach for control of STIs in males and recommended strengthening of the weaker components of the strategy with focus on the important client groups.

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